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Spring Lawn Pest Control Spotlight: The Early Bloomer, Common Chickweed.

Spring Lawn Pest Control Spotlight: The Early Bloomer, Common Chickweed.

  For most, the thought of Spring conjures “Disney-Like” images of sunsets and flocking birds. For the pest control worker, these images are horribly obscured with the matted weeds and and slimy grubs.  Spring is the season when everything comes alive, especially the unwanted pests of the lawn. Here we will talk about one of the earliest weeds to show up in early Spring, the Common Chickweed.   General Description Chickweed is commonly described as a “winter annual”, due to it’s ability to thrive, and even flower, during the cold Winter temperatures. In normal conditions this plant will flower 4-5 weeks after emergence in Spring.  These flowers will bloom from Spring until Fall, and can not be suppressed with simple mowing. It reproduces by seed spread during summer.  It’s growth pattern is low, prostrate in patches.  It grows best along sidewalks, bed edges, and curbs. The most distinctive characteristic of Chckweed is the pattern of its flower petals.  There are 5 flower petals, with deep notches that give it the false appearance of having 10 separate petals.  Also, it’s leaves are particularly shiny compared to other plants.  Although the leaves of it’s cousin, Mouse Ear Chickweed, are hairy.   Control & Treatment As a reminder, Chickweed is a very hardy annual that spreads by seed.  By far the most effective control of chickweed is a thorough pre-emergent strategy.  This pre-emergent strategy would include applications in November and April to beat any seed possible germination.  Cultural practices that promote Chickweed growth include moist, poor draining soil and heavily shaded turf. Proper water management, shade plant selection, and proper mowing will...
Lawn Care vs. Landscaping: What’s The Difference?

Lawn Care vs. Landscaping: What’s The Difference?

  Some people may not know the difference between a landscaper and a lawn care professional, and that is probably because most people use the two terms interchangeably. In fact, when dealing with lawn care services and landscaping services, most companies offer both. So are there companies that offer just lawn care services? Sure. There are companies that just offer services that would fall under one of the three categories: lawn care, lawn maintenance, and landscaping. You can think about lawn care as improving on the existing yard without dramatically changing its layout or structure. A lawn care company will fertilize, replace sod, perform pest control, and seed. They do other things, but these are just a few examples. A lawn maintenance company also takes care of the existing yard, but by mowing, trimming, and weed eating. To muddy the waters even further, most lawn care companies perform both sets of services. So should lawn care include lawn maintenance and vice versa? The best person to answer that question is you. If your company falls strictly under lawn care, then you have a lawn care company. If you only mow, trim, and weed eat, then consider yourself a lawn maintenance company. Landscaping, on the other hand, can be characterized by the transformation of an outdoor space either by planting, construction, or rearranging. If you fall into this category, then you have probably planted hundreds of plants, shrubs, and/or trees, while knowing the common and Latin names of them all. Most professions within landscaping require at the very least, ample experience within the green industry. Some even require an array of...
Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

After all the effort you put into prepping your new lawn, don’t blow it with mowing mistakes. Watch the video above and read below to learn how to mow for better grass: Use sharp blades. Dull blades hack off rather than cut grass tops. The damaged tips will give your yard a brown tinge. Skip the grass catcher. Mulching blades chop up the grass clippings before they fall. Once there, they’ll give up their nutrients to nourish the grass and help keep moisture in the soil. Don’t cut wet grass. Wet grass will not only carpet the underside of your mower deck; the thick clumps left all over your yard will suffocate the grass below it. Cut tall grass twice. The rule of thumb is to never mow more than one-third of the grass height at a time. Those long shafts of grass will lie on top of your lawn like hay for weeks. If the lawn has gotten away from you, mow it twice, starting high and dropping the mower deck for the second pass. Cut at the right height. Every variety of grass has an ideal cutting height. Cutting too short is a mis-take. You’re robbing the grass of its food source: the grass blades, which are the plants’ food-manufacturing facility. Taller grass also shades the ground, slowing weed growth and water loss from the soil. To find the ideal mowing height for your grass varieties, search for “mowing heights” at pennington.com. Consider a zero-turn mower. When it’s time to upgrade from a push mower to a rider, or replace a rider, consider a zero-turn model. Zero-turns were once...
Mosquito Medic To The Rescue!

Mosquito Medic To The Rescue!

Take back your yard and protect your family and pets from dangerous blood borne diseases. Mosquito Medic Services provide comfort and peace of mind with complete Mosquito Control. According to the Center For Disease Control, climate change has caused an exponential increase in mosquito populations. As a result emergency rooms and physicians have reported marked increases in rare diseases like West Nile and Malaria. West Nile is known to be most prevalent right here in Connecticut. Protect Your Family Today Call Mosquito Medic Dispatch today at (860) 222-7171 or visit GreenTeamCT.com for an on scene evaluation and treatment plan. First application special $39 with monthly treatment...
Lawn Care Service Clinton CT Featured Yard

Lawn Care Service Clinton CT Featured Yard

Our Current lawn Care Maintenance feature is located in the heart of Clinton, on Cow Hill Road.  The road us locals use to avoid route one between Madison and the outlets, contains some Clinton’s best green landscapes in CT.  It’s always an honor to provide lawn maintenance services on a target area for local traffic, as it is a way to showcase our work to the demographics that really matter. This lawn has about 3/4 acre total of grass, on mostly level ground.  We have provided weekly lawn mowing services at this residence for most of the 2017 season.  It is a lush, green northeast seed mixture of fescues and rye grasses.  These type of grasses are very heat tolerant, and can thrive with little water.  With this in mind, even a weekly grass cutting would bear enough mulched clippings to feed the lawn again naturally. One unique challenge in this landscaping journey are the large, beautiful cherry trees and evergreen shrubs methodically placed throughout.  With large drip lines and low hanging branches, extra time trimming where the mower couldn’t reach was essential for a completely manicured look.  The trees provided a shady retreat for natures wonders, creating encounters with frogs, snakes, and other critters.  ...